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Honda invents 'personal mobility' device

2009-09-27 05:23:04 GMT2009-09-27 13:23:04 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Honda's new "personal mobility" device looks like a unicycle, but all you need to do to zip around on it — sideways as well as forward and back — is lean your weight into the direction you want to go.

The U3-X — available for a test-run for reporters in Tokyo Thursday — was designed to be small, safe and unobtrusive enough to mingle with pedestrians, according to Honda Motor Co.

The single wheel on the U3-X — U stands for "unicycle" and "universal" — is made up of many tiny motor-controlled wheels, packed inside the bigger wheel, allowing the device to swerve in any direction.

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